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Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera, 1807-1946

Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera, 1807-1946

Duveen, Albert, 1892-1965

Collector, Dealer, Art critic

Collection Information

Size: 1.1 linear feet

Summary: The Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera measures 1.1 linear feet and dates from 1807 to 1946. Unrelated letters written by over 170 mostly 19th and early 20th century American artists are found in this compiled collection of art critic, dealer, and collector Albert Duveen. Additional ephemera include printed material and photographs of artwork.

Found are letters from artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic E. Church, Frederick S. Church, Henry Inman, Constant Mayer, Jervis McEntee, Henry Mosler, Frederick Law Olmstead, Rembrandt Peale, Albert Rosenthal, and many others. Printed materials include catalog inventories of public and private art collections. There are also brochure booklets on New England historical houses and towns. Photographs are duplicate copies of early American artwork from Duveen's personal reference files.

Biographical/Historical Note

Albert Duveen (1892-1965) was an art dealer and collector with offices in New York, N.Y., specializing in early American art. Duveen was a cousin to Joseph Duveen (1869-1939), 1st Baron Duveen, president of Duveen Brothers art dealers.

Provenance

The Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera was purchased from Duveen by the Archives of American Art in February 1956.

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Funding

Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

A Finding Aid to the Albert Duveen Collection of Artists' Letters and Ephemera, 1807-1946, in the Archives of American Art
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Finding aid prepared by Judy Ng
Scope and Contents note
The Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera measures 1.1 linear feet and dates from 1807 to 1946. Unrelated letters written by over 170 mostly 19th and early 20th century American artists are found in this compiled collection of art critic, dealer, and collector Albert Duveen. Additional ephemera includes printed material and photographs of artwork.
Found are letters from artists Albert Bierstadt, Frederic E. Church, Frederick S. Church, Henry Inman, Constant Mayer, Jervis McEntee, Henry Mosler, Frederick Law Olmstead, Rembrandt Peale, Albert Rosenthal, and many others. Printed materials include catalog inventories of public and private art collections. There are also brochure booklets on New England historical houses and towns. Photographs are duplicate copies of early American artwork from Duveen's personal reference files.
Biographical/Historical note
Art critic, collector, and dealer Albert Duveen (1892-1965) lived and worked in New York City, New York. He is known for his expertise in early American art and was a cousin to Joseph Duveen, president of Duveen Brothers art dealers.
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged as 3 series.
Series 1: Letters, 1808-1910 (0.8 linear feet; Box 1)
Series 2: Printed material, circa 1909-1946 (4 folders; Box 1, OV 2)
Series 3: Photographs, circa 1808-1910 (3 folders; Box 1)
Provenance
The Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera was purchased from Duveen by the Archives of American Art in February 1956.
Processing Information note
The letters were microfilmed shortly after receipt onto reels DDU1, D9-D10, and NDU-1-5. A finding aid was prepared by Judy Ng in 2013 with funding provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Additional Forms Available

This collection is available on microfilm reels DDU1, D9, D10, and NDU-1-5 at the Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the papers as described in this finding aid does not reflect the order of the collection on microfilm due to reprocessing.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera, 1807-1946. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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